City of Kingston services, facilities and amenities will begin opening up to the public as we move into Step one of the province’s Roadmap to Reopen.
The focus of Step one is on resuming outdoor activities with smaller crowds, where the risk of transmission is lower, according to a release from the city, dated Wednesday, Jun. 9, 2021. Review the list below, refer to the City’s COVID-19 page, and sign up for the City’s COVID-19 bulletin for complete reopening details. Any person who enters a City facility or uses a recreational amenity must maintain a 2-metre physical distance from others (excluding members of the same household and/or family).
Effective Friday, June 11, 2021, up to 10 people will be allowed to gather outdoors, including those not from your household. This includes in City parks, outdoor public spaces, picnic tables, and the bistro tables and chairs in Springer Market Square. The Gord Downie Pier and the beach area of Breakwater Park will also reopen. Individuals must continue to maintain a physical distance of 2 metres from those not in their household and/or family.
Effective Monday, June 14, 2021, these City facilities will reopen during regular hours:
- City Hall and the Payment Centre at 216 Ontario St.
- 1211 John Counter Blvd.
- Administrative Office at the Kingston Area Recycling Centre (KARC) at 196 Lappan’s Lane.
- See below for additional details on garbage and recycling services
On Wednesday, June 16, 2021, the Outdoor Aqua Park at 303 York St. will reopen. Pre-registration for swims is recommended and will be available starting the week of June 14 at www.CityofKingston.ca/PLAY. Online registration for July swim lessons will open June 17, starting at noon, according to the release.
Effective Thursday, June 17, 2021, the Household Hazardous Waste Facility at 196 Lappan’s Lane will reopen and will operate on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
The following Tuesday, June 22, 2021, small group outdoor walking tours of 10 people (with face coverings and physical distancing if they are not members of the same household and/or family) will be offered at the PumpHouse Museum. Information about these tours will be added to the museum website the week of June 14.
Garbage and recycling service changes
- Garbage and recycling collection and bag limits remain unchanged.
- Garbage bag tags may be ordered online or found at some local retailers.
- The Administrative Office at the Kingston Area Recycling Centre (KARC), at 196 Lappan’s Lane, reopens June 14. Replacement and new recycling boxes, Green Bins and garbage bag tags will all be available. KARC will continue to operate Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. until Step 2 of the Province’s reopening plan.
- The Household Hazardous Waste Facility reopens June 17 and will operate Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., until Step 2.
- The Leaf and Yard waste drop-off continues to operate Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
COVID-19 Vaccine clinic at the INVISTA Centre remains open
The COVID-19 Vaccine clinic at the INVISTA Centre remains open for booked appointments. Residents are reminded to park at the south end of the INVISTA Centre and access the clinic through the south entrance. KFL&A Public Health asks residents to not arrive more than 10 minutes before their appointments and to wait in their vehicles or outside (maintain 2 metres of physical distance from others). For more information about booking an appointment visit the KFL&A Public Health website.
Find answers to frequently asked questions about COVID-19 on KFL&A Public Health’s site: www.kflaph.ca/en/healthy-living/novel-coronavirus.aspx